'High Jump Bandit' suspected in Tempe bank robbery

High Jump Bandit

'High Jump Bandit' on July 2 at MidFirst Bank in Tempe


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 12:24 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. – A suspect dubbed the "High Jump Bandit" is believed to be responsible for a Tempe bank robbery on July 2.

Police said the suspect entered the MidFirst Bank at Rural and Elliot roads just before 2 p.m., approached a teller and verbally demanded money. The suspect reportedly placed a red folding knife, unopened, on the counter as he was making the demands. He also demanded money from a second teller.

Both tellers gave the suspect a known amount of cash. He then fled the bank and was last seen heading eastbound from the area.

The suspect is described as a white male, 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall, 180 to 190 pounds, wearing a long-sleeve shirt, jeans, neon green reflective vest and a floppy hat.

The suspect has been linked to three other robberies: SunWest Credit Union at Third Street and McDowell Road in Phoenix on June 3; MidFirst Bank at Chandler Boulevard and 48th Street in Phoenix on May 21; and BMO Harris at Warner Road and 48th Street in Phoenix on May 21.

He was seen jumping on or vaulting the teller counter during the robberies.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the FBI at 623-466-1999.


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